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WHO donors in 2016 (US, Gates Foundation, UK, GAVI Alliance, Japan): Setting the agenda for global public health?

In the run up to the 70th World Health Assembly (22 May 2017 - 31 May 2017), the World Health Organization prepared a document (A70/INF./4, 16 May 2017) entitled, Voluntary contributions by fund and by contributor, 2016. Total voluntary contributions to WHO in 2016 amounted to $1,717,219,177 which represented a dip from the 2015 figure of $1,836,970,206.

Here is a non-exhaustive list detailing the sources of voluntary contributions to WHO and the size of their respective contributions in 2016.

Lexmark: The Supreme Court's patent exhaustion case and parallel trade in drugs

Lexmark: The Supreme Court's patent exhaustion case and parallel trade in drugs
KEI Briefing Note 2017:2. James Love. Revised 31 May 2017.

KEI Statements on World Health Assembly Committee Passage of Cancer Resolution | May 30, 2017

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The final text of the resolution (WHA70.12, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach) can be found it here: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA70/A70_R12-en.pdf

WHA70: Statement of India (SEARO) on cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach

On Tuesday, 30 May 2017, India, on behalf of the WHO South-East Asia Region, delivered the following intervention on Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach.

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WHA 70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - Third High-Level Meeting of the GA on NCDs

On Tuesday, 30 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on Preparation for the third High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, to be held in 2018. The statement was delivered by Thiru Balasubramaniam.

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WHA 70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - Global vaccine action plan

On Monday, 29 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on the Global vaccine action plan. The statement was delivered by James Love.

14.1 Global vaccine action plan

Statement:

WHA70: Statement of Portugal on the Global shortage of, and access to medicines and vaccines

Portugal delivered the following statement at the 70th World Health Assembly on agenda item, 13.3 - Global shortage of, and access to medicines and vaccines.

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In relation to the Report of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP), the delegation of Portugal quoted the intervention delivered by the Portuguese Minister of Health, Professor Campos Fernandes at the plenary of the 70th World Health Assembly.

WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International - CEWG follow up

On Friday, 26 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on the Follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination. The statement was delivered by Thiru Balasubramaniam.

13.5 Follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination

Statement:

In May 2016, the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) requested (WHA69.23) the Director-General:

WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on antimicrobial resistance

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on antimicrobial resistance. This statement was read by Andrew Goldman.

KEI would like to call attention to a proposal introduced in the United States Congress, as Senate Bill 771, sponsored by 16 US Senators, and HR 1776, which has 14 sponsors in the House of Representatives.

SEC. 409K of the bill is titled, “PRIZE FUND FOR NEW AND MORE EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS OF BACTERIAL INFECTIONS.”

WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on review of the GSPOA-PHI

On Friday, 26 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following intervention on the Evaluation and review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. This statement was read by Manon Ress.

13.4 Evaluation and review of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The GSPOA evaluation conducted by Capra International was disappointing, raising questions about the terms of reference, and low ambition.

WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International: Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework

On Thursday, 25 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following intervention on the Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP) at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA).

WHA70: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on Research and development for potentially epidemic diseases

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered its maiden statement to the World Health Assembly on the topic of research and development for potentially epidemic diseases. The intervention was read by Diane Singhroy, PhD.

Seventieth World Health Assembly (A70/1)
Agenda Item: 12.1.3 Research and development for potentially epidemic diseases

Rep. Jan Schakowsky Questions Dr. Anthony Fauci on Zika Vaccine Price at House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

On May 23, 2017, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., asked Dr. Anthony Fauci whether he believed the federal government should use "every tool" to ensure that Sanofi charges a fair price for a taxpayer-funded Zika vaccine that is being developed by the U.S. Army and funded by BARDA.

Dr. Fauci responded that he did not believe that the government had the "mechanisms" to guarantee an affordable price, even when the U.S. government and taxpayers have made a "major investment" in the development of a drug.

KEI has separately uploaded a short clip of the exchange between Rep. Schakowsky and Dr. Fauci:

Additional information on the Army-BARDA-Sanofi vaccine collaboration is available at http://keionline.org/zika and http://keionline.org/zika-timeline.

Video of the full hearing and copies of written testimony are available via the House Energy and Commerce Committee website: https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings-and-votes/hearings/us-public-health-response-zika-virus-continuing-challenges.

Groups ask Army to reconsider decision that would allow French firm to charge U.S. anything it wants on federally-funded vaccine

23 May 2017

Groups ask Army to reconsider decision that would allow French firm to charge the US anything it wants on a federally funded Zika vaccine

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WHA70 - Side Event on Addressing Access Barriers and Affordability Challenges for Cancer Drugs - 24 May 2017

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Oxfam and Stichting Health Action International (HAI) are convening a side event on addressing access barriers and affordability challenges for cancer medicines. This panel will take place in Salle IX of the United Nations Palais des Nations from 18:00 to 19:30.

Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Time: 18:00 to 19:30
Location: Salle IX, United Nations Palais des Nations

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